Lincoln Police Department Trains Nebraska Air National Guard Security Forces on KA Band Radar Detection

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  • By Staff Sgt. Caitlin Price
  • 155th Operations Group
   Ten members of the 155th Security Forces Squadron partnered with the Lincoln Police Department Dec. 20, 2013, for training on Ka band radar detectors, a new and useful tool to ensure safety at the 155th Air Refueling Wing in Lincoln, Neb.
The Ka band radar detector is a piece of equipment that uses a specific radio frequency for vehicle speed detection, most commonly utilized by law enforcement agencies. By receiving this specialized training, Security Forces personnel can ensure that our base is as safe as possible.
   "Both safety and security are very important on our base," said Chief Master Sgt. Carl Oestmann, chief of the 155th SFS. "This is just another tool in our toolbox."
   "We have the newly remodeled gate opening soon and we have more people coming on base than we ever have," said Oestmann. "This training will provide a great opportunity to continue to ensure safety for those on base."
   Lincoln Police Department officers, John Fencl and Todd Groves, members of the LPD training section, shared their expertise on the equipment and ultimately provided beneficial training possible for the 155th SFS.
   According to Oestmann, the training was a great success, especially with the changes in traffic flow that are about to be introduced to the base. Caution and situational awareness are two important components resulting in a smooth and mishap-free transition.
   "There is always a balance between security and accessibility," said Oestmann. "We have to follow the standards that are enforced to enter the base."
Traffic laws, proper safety protocols and tools like the new Ka band radar are just a few examples of those foundational standards that have been laid down for the 155th ARW that will pay dividends for the safety of the base populous for many years to come.